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Cruise 01 June 1-9 2013

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Planning to sail in a south westerly direction is asking for headwinds and lots of tacking or motoring, but for the start of the 2013 cruising season we were blessed with almost continuous northerly winds – unheard of in our sailing experience!

BB set off from Brighton on 1st June in glorious sunshine with a crew of seven, skippered by Brian. Those following us on the AIS could watch us changing our minds in the early hours of Sunday, and abandoning our planned destination of Cherbourg for a direct passage to Guernsey. The tides were perfect, we were making good speed under engine, so it was breakfast in St Peter Port.

 After Phil and Diana doing a recce by land, (thanks for the cream-tea-for-lunch, Phil), we anchored in a bay on the South of the island for a very brave swim and some successful fishing – how can a couple of mackerel make so much mess?!



Another beautiful overnight passage under full sail (this crew were busy packing two weeks of sailing into one), to the brand new marina at Roscoff. The marina will be magnificent by next year when the facilities are finished, but I think we all fell a little in love with the old harbour and town. Roscoff is famous for the ‘Onion Johnnies’ who really did come over on the ferry with strings of onions on bicycles up until the 1970’s, and for its ‘hundred and one uses for seaweed’. A couple of BB crew were quite charmed by the lady in the Seaweed Museum, I understand – maybe she was really a mermaid…..




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